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Tuesday, 26 December 2023 00:00

Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition resulting from inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick tissue band connecting the heel to the toes. This inflammation typically occurs due to excessive stress on the feet, which can be caused by activities such as running, prolonged standing, or wearing improperly fitted footwear. To alleviate the pain and prevent future flare-ups, begin by avoiding activities that make the condition worse. Daily stretching exercises prescribed by a podiatrist can help improve flexibility and strengthen the foot muscles. Choosing footwear with proper arch support and heel cushioning is essential, and in some cases, custom orthotic shoe inserts may be needed. When conservative treatments are ineffective, corticosteroid injections can help to reduce inflammation and pain. If plantar fasciitis pain is affecting your ability to carry out daily activities, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an appropriate treatment plan.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Podiatry Care Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chester, and Broomall, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

Surgical Options for Hammertoe

Hammertoe, a toe deformity resembling a hammer, can be a source of discomfort and mobility issues. While non-surgical treatments are often the first line of defense, surgical options become necessary when the condition is unresponsive to conservative measures, or if it reaches an advanced stage. The hallmark symptom of hammertoe is the upward bend in the middle toe joint, which, if left untreated, can lead to pain, blisters, calluses, or corns. When the discomfort becomes severe, surgical intervention may be recommended by your podiatrist. One common surgical approach is tendon lengthening, where the surgeon extends the tendon in the affected toe to enhance flexibility. This procedure aims to restore a more natural position to the toe and alleviate associated pain. Tendon transfer is another surgical option. In this procedure, part of a tendon from the bottom of the toe is moved to the top, enhancing flexibility and promoting a healthier range of motion in the toe. For cases where stability is compromised, joint fusion may be recommended. During this surgery, metal pins or screws are inserted into the toes, creating internal immobilization. Recovery periods may vary, and following postoperative instructions care is essential for the best results. To determine the most suitable surgical option based on the specifics of your hammertoe, it is suggested that you discuss the matter with a podiatrist.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Care Specialists. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.


Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.


  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe


If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chester, and Broomall, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 12 December 2023 00:00

Standing During Work and Edema

Edema, characterized by swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet, can be influenced by various factors, including extended periods of standing while working. This condition also often occurs after standing for a prolonged time, as well as during long plane flights or car rides. The act of standing for extended durations can lead to several health concerns. It may contribute to muscle fatigue in the legs and feet, leading to discomfort. Poor posture while standing can result in back pain and musculoskeletal issues. Moreover, it can strain the cardiovascular system, potentially causing conditions like edema. While standing is associated with increased physical activity and alertness, it is essential to strike a balance. Incorporating breaks to sit, stretch, and walk can alleviate the negative effects. Ergonomic adjustments to your workstation, supportive footwear, and exercises targeting leg and core muscles can help mitigate the challenges of prolonged standing. It is important to monitor persistent swelling in the ankles and feet, especially if accompanied by other concerning symptoms, as it can sometimes indicate underlying health problems. If you have continued edema, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination and care.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Care Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chester, and Broomall, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 10 December 2023 00:00

Do You Suffer From Painful Feet?

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

The Toll High Heels Take on Feet

The allure of high heels is undeniable, offering a boost of confidence and a stylish edge to an outfit. However, the fashionable appeal comes at a cost, as prolonged wear of high heels can lead to a myriad of foot problems. One of the most common issues is the alteration of the foot's natural alignment, placing excessive pressure on the ball of the foot and toes. This imbalance can contribute to the development of painful conditions such as bunions and hammertoes. The elevated position of the heel can strain the Achilles tendon, leading to discomfort and increasing the risk of injuries. Continuous wear may also cause the calf muscles to tighten, affecting overall foot flexibility. Furthermore, high heels can contribute to the development of calluses, corns, and even stress fractures. While high heels undoubtedly add flair to an ensemble, it is essential to be mindful of the potential consequences and prioritize foot health to avoid long-term complications. If you are dealing wit foot problems caused from frequently wearing high heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Care Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chester, and Broomall, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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